Cheika’s tears for Hughes

Date published: November 28 2014

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Australia head coach Michael Cheika has revealed that he cried after hearing that cricketer Phillip Hughes had passed away.

Australia head coach Michael Cheika has revealed that he cried after hearing that cricketer Phillip Hughes had passed away.

The 25-year-old international batsman was unable to recover from a serious head injury sustained playing in a domestic match on Tuesday.

The RFU have confirmed that there will be a minute’s applause before Saturday’s Test, as Cheika underlined his intention to pay respect to Hughes’ family.

“We just want to show that we care,” said Cheika.

“Show respect to the family and maybe make people remember the man for another moment.

“I think some of the lads will have crossed paths, and it’s just I don’t know why there’s that connection for some reason. I’d never met Phil but when I heard about it I cried because there’s something that touches you about it, how unfortunate it is.

“It brings home that how you’ve got to enjoy things as much as possible because no one expects that to happen on a cricket field. I’ve seen many of the messages from English cricketers and I suppose it’s testament to the guy, player and person that he’s so widely respected.

“When that has an effect on people who only know him from afar that means something.”

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